True diamonds – celebrating 60 years of Friends of the Friarage

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In 1957 the Friends of the Friarage – then known as the League of Friends – were formed to ‘support the work of the Northallerton hospitals by means of voluntary assistance.’

Upendra Somasundram Friends of The Friarage

Dr Upendra Somasundram, chairman of Friends of The Friarage

Now in their 60th year, the Friends are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee having raised in excess of £5million for the Friarage Hospital and the local community.

Their contributions have ranged from major donations, paying for buildings and equipment, including a CT scanner, to smaller items for the wards, all of which make a huge difference to patients and staff.

This Friday (27 January 2017), they will hold a special get together at the Friarage Hospital to commemorate their anniversary.

Friends Chairman Dr Upendra Somasundram said: “We wanted to mark the start of our 60th year with our members and some representatives from the local communities which have supported us over the years.

“It’s also our opportunity to say thank you to the countless people who have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the Friends – and continue to do so – and we are planning some public events during the course of the year in recognition of that community spirit.

“Another significant milestone for us this year will be the opening of the new MRI Scanner at the Friarage Hospital, which the Friends pledged £500,000 towards, which will be a fantastic additional resource for the medical teams and provide a much needed local service to the local population.”